2010 WNBA Draftees

2010 WNBA Draftees



SECAUCUS, N.J., April 8, 2010 – Tina Charles, Monica Wright, and Kelsey Griffin were selected with the first three picks of the 2010 WNBA Draft presented by adidas.

The Connecticut Sun selected the University of Connecticut’s Charles with the first overall pick of the draft.  The Minnesota Lynx then used the second and third picks to draft Wright from the University of Virginia and Griffin from the University of Nebraska. The Chicago Sky selected former Rutgers star Epiphanny Prince with the fourth pick, and the San Antonio Silver Stars chose Stanford’s Jayne Appel to round out the first five selections.

Before the first round ended, Griffin was dealt to the Sun in exchange for Connecticut’s first and second round selections in the 2011 Draft. The Sun would ultimately grab four of the first 15 selections, taking Danielle McCray of Kansas with the seventh pick and Allison Hightower of LSU with the 15th pick.

Charles enters the WNBA after earning All-America honors while leading the University of Connecticut Huskies to their second consecutive NCAA Championship and a record 78 straight wins. She wrapped up her college career as UConn’s all-time leader in scoring and rebounding.

“It is unbelievable,” Charles said when asked what it felt like to be the top draft pick after winning a second straight national championship. “My heart is pounding out of my chest.  I am very grateful and this is definitely a dream come true.  I’m more interested on what kind of impact I am going to have on the team than being the number one pick.”
While it marked the first time in franchise history that the Sun held the top pick in the draft, it was the third time in WNBA history that the No. 1 overall pick came from New York City’s Christ the King High School (Chamique Holdsclaw—Washington Mystics, 1999, and Sue Bird—Seattle Storm, 2002).  It also was the first time in WNBA annals that the No. 1 overall selection had been traded prior to the Draft.  Connecticut obtained the pick earlier this year when it sent Lindsay Whalen and the second overall pick to the Lynx in exchange for Renee Montgomery and the top selection.

Few players led their collegiate teams as completely as did Wright, who led Virginia in scoring, minutes, rebounds, assists, field goals made, three-pointers made, free throws made and steals. In Minnesota, Wright will join a superstar whom she has looked up to for some time.

“Seimone Augustus is player I watched when I was in high school,” said Wright. “I am honored an excited to play side by side with her.”

One of the few centers in a guard-heavy draft, Appel joins the Silver Stars after leading Stanford to three consecutive Final Four appearances, including the most recent one in San Antonio.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Appel. “I’m very excited to go back to San Antonio; I got my taste during the Final Four.  I spoke with (General Manager Dan Hughes) and he seemed very upbeat and very pleased and I just hope to return all of that energy back to him.”

Chicago head coach Steven Key was extremely pleased to add the playmaking Prince to the Sky roster.

“We are super excited about getting Epiphanny,” said Key. “Everybody knows her as a scorer but what they don’t know is that she’s a pretty good defender on the perimeter as well, and a great ball handler. It’s a great thing when you can run the point and put the ball in the basket.”

Prince, who spent what would have been her senior year overseas playing in Turkey for Botas-Spor alongside the Sky’s Courtney Paris, was equally excited to being going to the WNBA and Chicago.

“I just wanted to go. It was a dream I had for a long time. I just feel like it’s finally been fulfilled. I am really close with Sylvia [Fowles] and Courtney, so it was like a dream come true…. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little girl.”

Pick Team Record
1 Connecticut Sun | Tina Charles | Connecticut 16-18
2 Minnesota Lynx | Monica Wright | Virginia 14-20
3 Minnesota Lynx | Kelsey Griffin | Nebraska (traded to Connecticut) 14-20
4 Chicago Sky | Epiphanny Prince | Botas/Rutgers 16-18
5 San Antonio Silver Stars | Jayne Appel | Stanford 15-19
6 Washington Mystics | Jacinta Monroe | Florida State 16-18
7 Connecticut Sun | Danielle McCray | Kansas 16-18
8 Los Angeles Sparks | Andrea Riley | Oklahoma State 18-16
9 Atlanta Dream | Chanel Mokango | Mississippi State 18-16
10 Seattle Storm | Alison Lacey | Iowa State 20-14
11 Indiana Fever | Jene Morris | San Diego State 22-12
12 Los Angeles Sparks | Bianca Thomas | Mississippi 18-16
Pick Team Record
13 New York Liberty | Kalana Greene | Connecticut 13-21
14 Washington Mystics | Jenna Smith | Illinois 16-18
15 Connecticut Sun | Allison Hightower | Louisiana 16-18
16 New York Liberty | Ashley Houts | Georgia 16-18
17 San Antonio Silver Stars | Alysha Clark | Middle Tennessee 15-19
18 Washington Mystics | Shanavia Dowdell | Louisiana Tech 16-18
19 Tulsa Shock | Amanda Thompson | Oklahoma 18-16
20 Los Angeles Sparks | Angel Robinson | Georgia 18-16
21 Atlanta Dream | Brigitte Ardossi | Georgia Tech 18-16
22 Seattle Storm | Tanisha Smith | Texas A&M 20-14
23 Indiana Fever | Armelie Lumanu | Mississippi State 22-12
24 Phoenix Mercury | Tyra Grant | Penn State 23-11
Pick Team Record
25 New York Liberty | Cory Montgomery | Nebraska 13-21
26 Minnesota Lynx | Gabriela Marginean | Drexel 14-20
27 Connecticut Sun | Johannah Leedham | Franklin Pierce 16-18
28 Chicago Sky | Abi Olajuwon | Oklahoma 16-18
29 San Antonio Silver Stars | Alexis Rack | Mississippi State 15-19
30 Washington Mystics | Alexis Gray-Lawson | California 16-18
31 Tulsa Shock | Vivian Frieson | Gonzaga 18-16
32 Los Angeles Sparks | Rashidat Junaid | Rutgers 18-16
33 Atlanta Dream | Brittainey Raven | Texas 18-16
34 Seattle Storm| Tijana Krivacevic | Hungary 20-14
35 Indiana Fever | Joy Cheek | Duke 22-12
36 Phoenix Mercury | Nyeshia Stevenson | Oklahoma 23-11

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